The subtle EQ and optical compression the threeQ provides has been a great addition to my recording setup. I also appreciate the line inputs, which allow me to use it as an insert for mixing.
I bought this pre-amp to use with my cassette 4-track recorder. This piece of equipment has made a massive difference in the overall quality of my recordings. It has also made mixing so much easier. This was worth every penny and is highly recommended.
Amazing results and great price!
I've been recording with a mbox 2 interface for about 7 years now, but just the other week I decided to step it up.
I did a little research around the net and came to the conclusion this is one of the best preamps for the price.
It has a real solid silky warm sound to it. I wouldn't think twice if you decide to get your first preamp on a low budget.
I never really knew having a preamp is crucial to getting great vocals.
Great channel strip
This gear made my vocal in different pro directions warmer,and sweeter.I use this channel strip and like a DI Box for recording guitars line in.The clarity of the sounds is amazing.I am happy with this product and I believe gonna serve me for long time.There's no need for upgrade.
Not really a go-to channel strip, but a good fun-box nonetheless.
Selling this as a "channel strip" is slightly disingenuous. The non-linear compression is ill suited for half the tasks you'd use a strip compressor on, the EQ doesn't have the precision or range for surgical tone adjustment, and the IC preamp probably isn't any better than the pres you'll find in desktop DAW interfaces. It doesn't really do the utility tone-shaping you expect from a channel strip. Having said that ...
What you do get from the threeQ is a downright fun effect box for the price. A bold, punchy compressor that could never be accused of being "smooth" (although at more subtle levels it can add some lovely color), an EQ that can mimic the musicality of a few boutique EQs in some situations, and an inoffensive preamp to add to your collection. I wouldn't recommend it as a budget My First Channel Strip (you'd probably be better off with what ships with your DAW for everyday tasks), but it's a nice tool for a spot of tone bludgeoning and the controls and metering are nice for the price point (rear phantom controls notwithstanding). More than anything I find myself using it with guitars; little surprise PME extended the brand to pedals. It will never be a go-to channel strip, isn't really suitable for vocal compression outside of a few effect situations, and takes a bit of fiddling to get something out of it, but it's a color I'm always happy to have around when I want it.
It works for me
Based on the facts that Im in a budget and I believe that everybody must have some type of channel strip to use when tracking at problematic rooms/spaces... this unit works for me. I know it is a wrong shortcut but when you don't have a proper studio room these things may come handy. Even on a budget I wouldn't have it to use as my main or only vocal preamp